Carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen has said it will launch a new fleet-management service this month in partnership with French operator Orange Business Services.
The service is to cover the manufacturer’s entire vehicle line-up and is designed to help fleet owners “reduce vehicle total cost of ownership”, said the companies in a statement.
Orange Business Services (Paris, France) indicated that the technology is based on the use of an autonomous telematics box (ATB) connected to a vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) bus, which means fleet owners can generate automatic reports from the vehicle’s on-board computers.
Parameters the technology monitors include kilometer readings, consumption, mechanical alerts and fuel levels.
The service also offers real-time information about hours of use and geographical location.
According to the French operator, data can be used for a variety of purposes, including reducing carbon emissions through a better understanding of exact fuel consumption and lowering fuel costs.
Fleet managers can also use kilometer readings to schedule vehicle maintenance and plan replacements more efficiently and effectively than would be otherwise possible.
Orange also says that companies interested in the service can use geographic location data to “optimize” a vehicle’s routing.
PSA Peugeot Citroen (Paris, France) plans to offer the fleet-management system to all business customers, saying they can now order vehicles equipped with the system before delivery and avoid a long and costly post-delivery installation.
However, the ATB can also be fitted on existing vehicles, noted the manufacturer.
To receive data collected by the system, customers must subscribe to Orange’s Fleet Performance web-based service.
Fleet Performance gives customers a choice of three service packs according to how many parameters they are looking to monitor.